Juniors

School year 1-8

Our junior teams cater for all experience levels and play adapted games starting from 6 a side for the young ones and up to 11 a side games when they reach year 7 and 8
The juniors practice one night per week (generally on a Monday or Thursday) then play each Saturday in the 2nd and 3rd school terms.

There are 4 grades in the juniors.
Fun Sticks - year 1 and 2. (6 a side)
Mini Sticks - year 3 and 4. (6 a side)
Kwik Sticks - year 5 and 6 (7 a side)
Kiwi Sticks - year 7 and 8. (11 a side)

Each grade barring the fun sticks will have a premier and silver competition as well as different gradings according to overall team skill.

The year 5 & 6 and the year 7 & 8 grades will have trials at the beginning of the year around March. These trials are grading trials to determine the skill level of the players. This allows us to place them into a team with other similar skilled players.

Youth

School Year 9-13

Our youth teams cater for all experience levels and play standard 11 a side games following the same rules that apply for senior hockey. Selections are made from the youth teams for U18 and other development squads allowing these players opportunities to travel and play in tournament.
The youth teams practice one night per week then play on Friday or Sunday nights during the season

HPHC pathway for youth players.
HPHC encourages youth players to play in the Youth Competition to benefit their athlete development.
Players registering in the youth grades must be under 18 years of age at 1 January of the current season.
There are two grades within the Auckland Hockey Youth competition

  1. Youth Premier Grade- Friday night games
  2. Youth Championship grade – Sunday night games

The club has teams in each grade for the Youth competition and the following pathway will be provided for players to build and develop their hockey. The Premier Women and Men’s Coaches, Jude Menezes and Clive Daniels will work closely with the Youth coaches and Senior coaches to plan the pathway for training and game opportunities for the youth players. This pathway is also aligned to the HPHC John Daniel Academy which also ensures the individual players’ skills are identified, developed supported and promoted to their full potential. This pathway development may provide opportunity for identified youth aged players to be eligible for selection into senior grades in the following or subsequent years.

Seniors

Adults

Our senior teams cater for all experience levels from Beginner to Elite. The competition at this level is divided into different skill levels and teams are selected based on trials so that players are able to play and compete with those of a similar skill level. Teams are men's or women's and practice on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings with a games on either Saturday or Sunday.

The different grades for the Seniors are broken into the following divisions:
Premier
Premier Reserve
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3
Division 4

Goalkeepers

The goalkeeper is arguably the most important position on the hockey field! A good goalkeeper can win you games. It is therefore paramount that goalkeepers get the attention and time they deserve at trainings. The goalkeeper is responsible for the defensive circle and a strong goalkeeper will often take a leadership role on defence

Key attributes of a good goalkeeper:

  • Fast and agile
  • Proficient with both the left and right foot
  • Ability to judge and close down shooting angles
  • Ability to make aerial saves with the glove (left) and stick (right)
  • Ability to go down correctly at defensive PC’s and / or remain standing depending on circumstances (hit / flick)
  • Good communicator and organiser of the defence